Coming Home: Who’s Giving to Support Veterans in an Era of “Forever Wars?”

Coming Home: Who’s Giving to Support Veterans in an Era of “Forever Wars?”

Some 2 million Americans have now served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. What has philanthropy been doing to help former soldiers handle the physical and mental tolls of service, and ease the transition back to civilian life?

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Anti-Monopoly Money: A Facebook Co-Founder Mobilizes Millions to Battle Bigness

Anti-Monopoly Money: A Facebook Co-Founder Mobilizes Millions to Battle Bigness

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes has raised $10 million to fight monopolies, including from a number of top foundations. What’s the strategy to challenge not just Big Tech, but concentrated corporate power more broadly?

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Looking to Catalyze Bigger Giving, MacArthur's Creating a New Hub for Grant Competitions

Looking to Catalyze Bigger Giving, MacArthur's Creating a New Hub for Grant Competitions

MacArthur’s 100&Change competition brought forward a lot of bold proposals, but only one got the prize. With Lever for Change, the foundation aims to broaden the impact of its grant competition model and curate more good ideas.

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Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

Intersections: A Foundation Bets on a “Holistic” Anti-Poverty Model

As part of its mission to improve health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has given millions to nonprofits focused on poverty and community development. Its latest investment underscores its belief in integrated approaches.

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Diverse Investments in U.S. and Abroad Fuel a New Push for Inclusive Mobility

Diverse Investments in U.S. and Abroad Fuel a New Push for Inclusive Mobility

A set of commitments made at a recent convening of funders and nonprofits underscores that the fight against poverty has many fronts, from helping people access government benefits to unlocking capital for micro-finance.

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American Dream: Behind a Tech Billionaire's Bid to Bolster the Middle Class

American Dream: Behind a Tech Billionaire's Bid to Bolster the Middle Class

No longer running Google, Eric Schmidt is harnessing his vast fortune to a growing philanthropic agenda. The latest project: funding university-led efforts to find new ways to boost America’s flagging middle class in distressed communities.

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A Corporate Funder Sticks With a Nonprofit That Changes Young Lives With Tech

A Corporate Funder Sticks With a Nonprofit That Changes Young Lives With Tech

Every nonprofit wants supporters who back it for the long haul and offer help beyond grants. Here’s how a Camden, New Jersey, organization providing tech skills and wraparound services for at-risk youth found that ally in a Fortune 100 firm.

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In the Deep South, a Push to Make Opportunity Zones Work Across an Entire State

In the Deep South, a Push to Make Opportunity Zones Work Across an Entire State

Even as Opportunity Zones draw fire as a giveaway to wealthy investors, more nonprofits, foundations and local governments are backing efforts to make the new law work. A case in point is an ambitious statewide initiative in Alabama.

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Produce, Preserve, Protect: How CZI is Tackling the Bay Area’s Housing Crisis

Produce, Preserve, Protect: How CZI is Tackling the Bay Area’s Housing Crisis

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is pulling lots of levers in its fight for more affordable housing in California. Its latest commitments embrace a big-tent approach that’s capitalizing on new political momentum around this issue.

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Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

Soros in Baltimore: Lessons From 20 Years of Place-Based Giving

In the 1990s, George Soros set out to make a difference in a single U.S. city. He chose Baltimore, and today, the institute created by his foundation is still going strong, addressing entrenched urban problems. What are some takeaways?

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A New Collaborative Funding Push Looks to Bolster Worker Rights Around the World

A New Collaborative Funding Push Looks to Bolster Worker Rights Around the World

Amid the rise of globalization, philanthropy largely remained on the sidelines in the contest between capital and labor. But that’s changing, as the Open Society Foundations and other funders step up efforts to build a future with fair labor.

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Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

Leading Funders Aim to Change the Conversation About Poverty. Can They Succeed?

When the Gates Foundation took a significant turn toward U.S. poverty last year, work on “narrative change” was part of the equation. Now, we’re seeing movement in the form of an open call for ideas, in collaboration with other foundations.

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To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

To Combat “Brain Waste,” a New Fund Aims to Tap the Potential of Immigrant Workers

Conversations about the workforce “skills gap” often skip over the fact that millions of educated immigrants are un- or underemployed. A new grantmaker is supporting efforts to get them on track to fill open roles. Where’s the money going?

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Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Billionaires vs. Poverty: Behind a Push to Use Data to Boost Economic Opportunity in Cities

Some of the nation’s wealthiest philanthropists have lately swung behind new work to make city economies more equitable and inclusive. We look at a data-driven initiative that is attracting big grant money.

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We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

We Don’t Give Up: Mott Plays the Long Game on Clean Water in Flint and Beyond

Access to clean water is an urgent challenge in more parts of the U.S. The Mott Foundation has been a stalwart funder on this issue in its home city and beyond. What has it accomplished, and how is it staying engaged with Flint’s water crisis?

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Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Closing Urban Divides: Behind a Funding Collaborative's Pivot to Race

Living Cities spent its formative years channeling money from big firms and foundations to community development projects. Now, to drill deeper on equity, it aims to be a “leading racial economic justice organization.” How is that going?

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“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

“We Roll-Up Our Sleeves.” What a Hands-On Giver is Doing to Foster Human Kindness and More

Evan J. Segal helped grow his family’s Pittsburgh-based manufacturing business, and now works as an angel investor. Like many philanthropists, he and his wife Tracy are keen to make a difference locally—and do more than just write checks.

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Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

Leveraging Donor Dollars, a Nonprofit Clears Millions in Medical Debt for Low-Income Americans

A growing number of donors large and small contribute to an organization that’s buying up medical debt on the secondary market and forgiving up to $100 of debt for every dollar it receives in contributions—a sky-high ROI.

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To Build Community Wealth, a Grantmaker Gets Behind Employee Ownership in a Big Way

To Build Community Wealth, a Grantmaker Gets Behind Employee Ownership in a Big Way

Amid a growing critique of how U.S. capitalism has concentrated wealth in ever-fewer hands, the Kendeda Fund is looking to move the idea of employee ownership from the margins to the mainstream and democratize the economy.

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